Postal Service memos detail ‘difficult’ changes, including slower mail delivery

The new head of the U.S. Postal Service established major operational changes Monday that could slow down mail delivery, warning employees the agency would not survive unless it made “difficult” changes to cut costs. But critics say such a philosophical sea change would sacrifice operational efficiency and cede its competitive edge to UPS, FedEx and other private-sector rivals.

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy told employees to leave mail behind at distribution centers if it delayed letter carriers from their routes, according to internal USPS documents obtained by The Washington Post and verified by the American Postal Workers Union and three people with knowledge of their contents, but who spoke on the condition of anonymity to avoid retribution.

“If the plants run late, they will keep the mail for the next day,” according to a document titled, “New PMG’s [Postmaster General’s] expectations and plan.” Traditionally, postal workers are trained not to leave letters behind and to make multiple delivery trips to ensure timely distribution of letters and parcels.

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What they don’t mention is they’re also going to leave Amazon behind if they get there late. Lately they’ve been getting here later and later and later and holding up all the carriers on all the routes. It’s BS at Amazon runs a post office and it’s great that Trump’s changing that

Amazon and Jeff bezos have been making a fortune on the backs of the taxpayer by paying substandard rates for extreme priority service. It’s all BS and needs to stop. And don’t say the taxpayer doesn’t fund the post office. They want to bail out now and they were bailed out about 20 years ago by the taxpayer in between all they did was run up debt so yes they’re 100% taxpayer funded

They did not just run up debt they were screwed over by congressmen that want to close the usps to privatize shipping for profit.they have been one of the only profitable government offices they really wouldn’t have need a bail out if it weren’t for meddling from some of our representatives. In 2006, Congress passed a law to require the USPS to prefund 75 years worth of retiree health benefits in the span of ten years—a cost of approximately $110 billion. Although the money is intended to be set aside for future Post Office retirees, the funds are instead being… Read more »

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How about USPS charging Amazon what they charge other shippers? The subsidy USPS gives Amazon must end if the Postal Service intends to survive.

let’s see some numbers? also, if other shippers give USPS the volume Amazon does, then they also should get preferred shipping rates, it’s just good business.

I would just be happy if a package from Amazon was treated the same as a package from any other source. You know universal service, not this all animals are equal but some are more equal than others nonsense where one shipper gets Sunday delivery. Which in turn means overtime come Thursday since the hours were already expended. Or units telling carriers to just deliver parcels with a certain logo on the box before 8 PM

These operational changes are designed to attack mail-in ballots. In order to be counted, many states require that your ballot arrive at the destination by a specific day. This move will ensure anyone mailing their ballot last minute won’t have it counted due to it arriving at its destination late.

It has nothing to do with mail in ballots

If PMG should adopt this new policy it will degraded efficiency services done by USPS and put other competitors ahead of us eventually total delay in mail delivery,while others may see it a political move.Secondly I don’t get it ,it private sector can get bailout why not the Government Agency like USPS.Private sector despite their performances they all always got more money from IRS/Government by filing taxes ,paid little taxes claimed more money as operational or service losses

Let’s deal in facts, the only reason the USPS is operating at a loss is because of the congressional mandate that requires them to pre-fund 75 years worth of retiree health benefits in the span of ten years. This mandate is responsible for all financial losses since 2013. Blaming Amazon is a false flag. Without the mandate USPS would be profitable without raising rates.